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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Cars of the Rich and Mighty

Venturi Fetish Convertible. Bugatti Veyron 16.4. Maybach 62 S. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Convertible. Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe. Those names probably don’t ring a bell; that’s because it’s not often that you’ll get to see ‘em. In fact, only the rich can afford them, and by rich I mean the type who thinks your college tuition money is just cheap change. Yep! These are the cars that millionaires and billionaires get in line for. You may be able to afford these, but that’s only if you, your siblings, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandsons and granddaughters no longer get to go to college. On the other hand, even if you aren’t a billionaire, if you’re driving one of these cars, people will think you are.

These cars are pretty “chi-ching” (or is it ka-ching?). Well, anyway, the price tags of new cars range from $15,000 – $40,000, but these billionaire-driven cars costs 20-years worth of grade-school teaching salary, and maybe even more. Talk about over-the-top and extravagant! But, they can afford it, and we can’t do anything about it. And besides they give a lot of cash to charity, so who am I to complain, right?

Here are three cars that billionaires drive. Prepare to do some serious droolin’.

Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe

Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe
Aside from its stunning looks, this monster of a car is built for speed. It is fitted with a 6.5-liter Lamborghini V12 engine. It tops at a speed of 211 mph. Its available transmissions are six-speed manual, six-speed sequential automatic transmission, and it has a four-wheel drive capability. Its unique features are self-adjusting side scoops, foldable mirrors, and movable spoilers. The only downside to the Murcielago is that it’s, according to the EPA, the least fuel efficient car to ever come out this year. In fact, it is said to require a gallon just to travel 8 miles; that’s like 30-liters for every 100 kilometers. On the other hand, even with the rising cost of gasoline, I bet billionaires won’t ever run out of gas money, unless of course if you’re a spendthrift like Warren Buffett. If you have about $288,000, this car is yours for the taking. And, oh! By the way, this car made a cameo appearance in Batman Begins, and it was driven by none other than Bruce Wayne himself. Now, that’s cool!

Bugatti Veyron 16.4

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Do you know why this car is on this list? It costs approximately $1.2 million! That’s more like a gazillion to a 10-year old. And what does a billionaire get in exchange for that kind of money? Well, about 10 radiators! (Not exaggerating here!) No wonder it’s that expensive. Setting that aside, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is one heck of a fast car. It sports a 16-cylinder engine and a seven-speed (that’s one more than the Murcielago), dual-clutch transmission. It was advertised as capable of producing 1,001 hp. And the automaker wasn’t even kidding. It is the fastest car that’s street-legal. It was tested a couple of times and it was proven to be able to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.5 seconds, not to mention that it can reach a top speed of 253 mph. That almost borders on the “redline”. But what’s impressive is the level of safety guaranteed when driving this mean machine. Engineers must’ve used thousands of crash-test dummies.

Maybach 62 S

Maybach 62 S After a tiring day of jet-setting, hanging out at the country club, visiting the ranch, getting spa treatment and raking in millions of dollars, some billionaires rest in their Maybach 62 S. It is dubbed as the car with the best backseat ever. It is as luxurious as it’ll ever get. It’s roomy, comfortable, stylish and elegant. It’s definitely special (by the way, that’s what the S in the name stands for). Can you have a car loan for $428,750 approved by the end of the year? Then you should place an order for this vehicle. I wonder what you’re gonna put up as collateral.

Well, anyway, I’m done for the day. Maybe tomorrow, I’m gonna post more pictures and comments.